Stamford, Conn. – Aug. 31, 2017 – Americares rang the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell ® today to bring attention to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and the need to support families affected by the storm, including evacuees, vulnerable populations and others displaced by the disaster.
“Ringing The Closing Bell to raise awareness of the need to support Hurricane Harvey survivors is a great honor,” said Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Many of the Texans forced to flee their homes are at risk for serious health issues, and Americares is dedicated to meeting their most urgent health needs.”
An Americares emergency response team arrived in Texas on Friday just before the hurricane made landfall and immediately began working with federal and state agencies, local organizations and partner health clinics. Americares relief workers in Houston are delivering medicine and relief supplies to emergency shelters and supporting health facilities serving low-income and uninsured patients in affected areas.
“Our thoughts and hearts are with our colleagues, customers and all those impacted by the hurricane and the ongoing flooding in Texas and Louisiana,” said NYSE Group President Tom Farley. "We are honored to have leaders from Americares ring the NYSE Closing Bell, and we are encouraged by all of the work they, along with our community of listed companies, are doing in response to this tragedy.”
Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares has a long history of responding to severe storms in the United States, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.